Dr. Neil Chapman 1919-2016
JACKSONVILLE, IL –Dr. Neil F. Chapman, Col. USAF Ret., 96, of Jacksonville, IL died Tuesday, July 5, 2016, at the Passavant Hospital Transitional Care Unit in Jacksonville.
He was born Oct. 18, 1919 in Perry, the son of Thomas Vance and Thora Victoria Fagen Chapman.
He is survived by three children, Bruce Chapman (wife, Constance Franey) of Washington, MO, Elizabeth Anderson (husband, Ed) of Concord, IL, and Pamela Harrison (husband, Philip) of South Jacksonville, IL; three grandchildren, Neil Chapman, Rebecca Miller, and Jane Schuster; a great-granddaughter, Ellen Rose Miller; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife and mother of his children, Helen Harrington in 1997; his second wife, Lucy Ford in 2002; and four brothers, Ronald, LaVerne, Thayne, and James Chapman.
Dr. Chapman served with the US Army Air Corps during WW II and later earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State University in 1951. Following several years of veterinary practice in Algona, he returned to the US Air Force as a Command Veterinarian. Among his accomplishments in Japan was his overhaul of the sentry dog procurement program. Upon his return to the States, Dr. Chapman was placed in charge of all Air Force veterinarians east of the Mississippi and for their inspection and purchasing of meat for the eastern Air Force bases. He retired with the rank of Colonel in 1973.
He was a member of the American Legion and the American Veterinary Medicine Association for over 60 years. He was a dedicated conservationist and steward with his Iowa farm property. He planted thousands of trees and worked diligently to maintain and improve habitat throughout his retirement.
Cremation has been accorded. Private family committal services will be held later in Iowa.
Memorial gifts are suggested to the Lost Island Nature Center, 3267 350th Avenue, Ruthven, IA 51358.
The Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home and Crematory in Jacksonville is assisting the family.